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thing that there be no divisions amongst them; * But to be perfectly joined together in the same mind, and in the same judgment: as the apos tle expresseth it.' Thence it cometh to pass, that there is so much disunion in affection bei cause there is so much distraction in opinion.f Whereas the primitive believers, while they were all of one faith, they were answerably all of one heart and of one soul; and so preserving the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. I i
Thirdly, A chain also for the worth and dig, nity of it, Proverbs i. 9. “ They shall be an onnament of grace unto thine head, and chains about thy neck.” Persons of quality, and authority are wont to wear their golden chains wherewith they are set out and adorned.$. It is the expression of Christ to his church, Cant. i. 10. “Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels: Thy neck with chains of gold.” And again, Cant. iv. 9. - Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse, thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck.” This system and body of truth which is here in part commended unto us, is the precious and glorious chain upon the neck of the true spouse of Christ, which makes her look
* 1 Cor. i. 10.
# Ephes. iv. 3. § Gen. xli. 42. Dan. v. 29. Ezek. xvi. 11.
CHAIN OF PRINCIPLES ;
AN ORDERLY CONCATENATION
Theological Aphorisms and Exercitations,
THE CHIEF HEADS OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION ARE ASSERTED
BY JOHN ARROWSMITH, D. D.
LATE MASTER BOTH OF ST JOHN'S AND TRINITY COLLEGE SUCCESSIVELY, AND
PROFESSOR OF DIVINITY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE.
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,
AN ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR,
-Because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge ;
The Preacher sought to find out acceptable words ; and that which was
The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters
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